I had this wine four different times, rating it between 88 and 92, so some bottle variation (or was it my palate?) seems at play. The wine is certainly deep and medium to full-bodied, but I don't think it equals their brilliant effort in 1998 or even some of their more recent vintages. Nevertheless, there is a lot here to like, especially in the bottles that showed so well. Plenty of floral-infused blueberry fruit intermixed with some incense, lead pencil shavings and spice are present in this richly fruity, full, fleshy wine, which should drink well for up to 12-15 years
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
The opaque ruby/purple-hued 2010 Grand-Mayne is a beefy, medium to full-bodied effort revealing aggressive, slightly astringent tannins. The wine possesses a terrific color as well as an impressive attack (blueberries, boysenberries and earth), but the tannins cut in on the finish. This cuvee may have been late finishing its malolactic and thus may be easier to evaluate in a few months.
|Score: 89/91+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Grand-Mayne 2010 has a composed bouquet with lively blackberry and briary scents mixed with cedar and graphite - a Saint Emilion quite Left Bank in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. Tobacco infused black fruit with a foursquare structure on the finish, this represents a decent, classic style of Saint Emilion. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Grand-Mayne 2010 has a lifted nose of black cherries, balsamic and a hint of oyster shell that is modern, extravagant but defined. The palate is flecked with dark chocolate on the entry. The oak is rather dominant at the moment although the finish is showing good depth and should support it in the long-term. Fine. Tasted November 2012.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
Soild core of fruit in this red with chocolate, berry and tobacco character. Full and dense. Better than 2009?
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
Dark and crimson. Black cherry aromas - which are quite rare in this less than overripe vintage! Sinewy and oddly low in acid. Not very complete with a bit of hole in the middle and astringent on the finish. Overly sweet. Fine for people who just seek ripeness..?
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
The nose has lots of sweet fruit and the ripe flavours give weight on the palate. Black fruits seem to dominate the richness rather held back by tannic firmness and red fruit freshness.
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|